During the quarter, 215,337 square feet of office leases commenced in the Manhattan portfolio, 97,524 square feet of which represented office leases that replaced previous vacancy, and 117,813 square feet of which represented office leases that had average starting rents of $48.73 per rentable square foot, representing a 7.4 percent decrease over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces.

Occupancy for the Company’s Suburban portfolio was 81.5 percent at September 30, 2012, as compared to 82.2 percent at September 30, 2011 and 82.4 percent at June 30, 2012.

During the quarter, the Company signed 27 office leases in the Suburban portfolio totaling 158,614 square feet. Ten leases totaling 41,753 square feet represented office leases that replaced previous vacancy, and 17 office leases comprising 116,861 square feet had average starting rents of $30.98 per rentable square foot, representing a 2.4 percent decrease over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces. The average lease term on the Suburban office leases signed in the third quarter was 6.4 years and average tenant concessions were 3.8 months of free rent with a tenant improvement allowance of $14.46 per rentable square foot.

During the quarter, 134,737 square feet of office leases commenced in the Suburban portfolio, 52,998 square feet of which represented office leases that replaced previous vacancy, and 81,739 square feet of which represented office leases that had average starting rents of $31.89 per rentable square foot, representing a 1.8 percent decrease over the previously fully escalated rents on the same office spaces.

Significant leases that were signed during the third quarter included:
  • New lease on 131,946 square feet with The City of New York for 20.8 years at 100 Church Street;
  • New lease on 37,901 square feet with Capital One, N.A for 4.5 years at 280 Park Avenue;
  • New lease on 34,634 square feet with Young & Rubicam, Inc. for 20.1 years at 3 Columbus Circle;
  • New lease on 27,342 square feet with Alterra Insurance USA for 7.3 years at 1185 Avenue of the Americas;
  • New lease on 20,512 square feet with San Ash New York Megastores LLC for 15.8 years at 333 West 34 th Street; and
  • New lease on 22,798 square feet with Merit Direct for 10.9 years at 1100 King Street, Westchester County, NY.

Marketing, general and administrative, or MG&A, expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 were $20.6 million, or 5.0 percent of total revenues including the Company’s share of joint venture revenue compared to $18.9 million, or 5.3 percent for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.

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